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Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim Wynne-Jones, OC (born 12 August 1948) is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults,[1] radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock,[2] as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.[3]

For his contribution as a children's writer he was Canada nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2012.[4]


  • Biography 1
  • Writing 2
  • Works 3
    • Children's picture books 3.1
    • Young adult fiction 3.2
    • Adult fiction 3.3
    • Co-Authored 3.4
    • Radio plays 3.5
  • Awards 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Born on August 12, 1948 in Bromborough, Cheshire, Great Britain, Wynne-Jones emigrated to Canada in 1952. Wynne-Jones was raised in British Columbia and Ontario. Wynne-Jones currently lives in Perth, Ontario.

Wynne-Jones was educated at the University of Waterloo and Yale University, after having graduated from Ridgemont High School in Ottawa, Canada.[5] An additional formative experience was his participation in the St Matthew's Anglican Church choir of men and boys, of which he was for a time the Head Chorister.[6] He is a faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts, teaching in the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program.[7]


Tim Wynne-Jones' first book was Odd's End which is said to have been written over the space of five weeks while his wife was away.[8] It was published By McClelland & Stewart in 1980 and won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award.[9] Since then, Wynne-Jones has written more than 20 books, including picture books, novels for children and young adults, as well as three novels for adults. His work has been widely reviewed and he has won several awards, including two Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards from The Horn Book Magazine for children's fiction published in the U.S. (1995, 2011);[10] three Governor General's Literary Awards in Canada (1993, 1995, 2009);[11] three Canadian Library Association Prizes; the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada (2001);[12] and the Edgar Award for Young Adult Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America (2002).[13]


Children's picture books

  • Madeline and Ermadillo - 1976
  • Zoom at Sea - 1983
  • Zoom Away - 1985
  • The Hour of the Frog - 1985
  • I'll Make You Small - 1986
  • Mischief City - 1986
  • Architect of the Moon - 1988 (U.S. title: Builder of the Moon)
  • Zoom Upstream - 1992
  • The Last Piece of Sky - 1993
  • Mouse In the Manger - 1993
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame - 1996
  • Dracula - 1997
  • On Tumbledown Hill - 1998
  • Ned Mouse Breaks Away - 2002

Young adult fiction

  • Some of the Kinder Planets - 1993
  • Rosie Backstage - 1994 (with Amanda Lewis)
  • The Book of Changes - 1994
  • The Maestro - 1995 (Australian title: The Flight of Burl Crow, UK title The Survival Game)
  • Stephen Fair - 1998
  • Lord of the Fries and Other Stories - 1999
  • The Boy in the Burning House - 2000 (Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel, 2002)
  • A Midwinter Night's Dream - 2003 (Libretto, commissioned by the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus)
  • A Thief in the House of Memory - 2004
  • Rex Zero and the End of the World - 2006
  • The Uninvited - 2009
  • Blink and Caution - 2011

Adult fiction

  • Odd's End - 1980
  • The Knot - 1983
  • Fastyngange - 1988 (UK title: Voices)
  • SilabGarza - 2010


  • Click - 2007

Radio plays


  • 1980 - Seal First Novel Award, Odd's End
  • 1983 - Ruth Schwartz Award of The Canadian Book Sellers Association, Zoom at Sea
  • 1993 - Governor General's Award for English language children's literature, Some of the Kinder Planets[11]
  • 1995 - Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for children's fiction, Some of the Kinder Planets[10]
  • 1995 - Governor General's Award for English language children's literature, The Maestro[11]
  • 1995 - Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, The Maestro
  • 1997 - Vicky Metcalf Award
  • 1998 - Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year
  • 2001 - Arthur Ellis Award, Best Juvenile Crime Book, The Boy in the Burning House
  • 2002 - Edgar Award for Best Young Adult book, The Boy in the Burning House
  • 2009 - Governor General's Award for English language children's literature, The Uninvited[11]
  • 2011 - Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to Canadian literature, notably as a writer of children's fiction".[14]
  • 2011 - Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for children's fiction, Blink & Caution[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Tim Wynne-Jones".  
  2. ^ "Tim Wynne-Jones". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Nora. "author profile- Tim Wynne-Jones". Canadian Content. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "2012 Awards". Hans Christian Andersen Awards. International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
      "Tim Wynne-Jones". IBBY. Retrieved 20 July 2013.
  5. ^ Profile of Tim Wynne-Jones;
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Tim Wynne-Jones". Vermont College of Fine Arts. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tim Wynne-Jones". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Tim Wynne-Jones". Macmillan Books. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c "Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Winners and Honor Books 1967 to present". The Horn Book. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d "Cumulative List of Finalists for The Governor General's Literary Awards". The Canada Council for the Arts. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "And the winners were ...". The Crime Writers of Canada. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Search the Edgar Award Winners And Nominees". Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved 3 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". 

External links

  • Official website
  • Tim Wynne-Jones A 1988 article from CM: A Reviewing Journal of Canadian Materials for Young People
  • Tim Wynne-Jones interview at
  • Tim Wynne-Jones at Library of Congress Authorities —with 37 catalog records
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